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Ramping up …

An F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter prepares to land Aug. 5 at Luke Air Force Base. This is the fifth F-35 aircraft currently assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron with more on the way before the end of the year.

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Nursing fellows take on trauma training

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, and Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th FW commander, congratulate the 56th Medical Group nurses who graduated from the Critical Care and Emergency Trauma Nursing Fellowship program. The yearlong program to train in intensive, trauma and emergency care ended Aug. 7. Nurses…

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First generation Marine has passion for sport

Courtesy photo Cpl. Mauricio Sandoval, Bulk Fuel Company Charlie NCO in charge of administration, holds his daughter, Yaretzy, 1. When military personnel take the oath to serve their country, they enlist to serve a purpose greater than themselves. The military life is a selfless journey, but there are times one must make room in the…

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Entomology: Keeping food, base pest free

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Senior Airman Stephen Beeson, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron pest management journeyman, sprays pesticide around the perimeter of the entomology building Aug. 8. Entomologist perform a variety of duties to help fight pests, including performing public health inspections, controlling the weed population and assisting the Bird Abatement Strike Hazard program. Entomology Airmen…

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Lt. Gen. rolls out F-35 program priorities during all call

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Lt. Gen Christopher Bogdan, F-35 Lightning II program executive officer held an all-call Aug. 5 on Luke Air Force Base. The general spoke to Thunderbolts about the F-35 program and priorities. Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, F-35 Lightning II program executive officer, visited Luke Air Force Base and held an all-call to brief…


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Defenders remember fallen brothers

Posted  May 24, 2012

An annual security forces retreat ceremony occurred May 17 at the Luke Air Force Base flag pole, in memory of  the 18 Airmen who lost their lives May 15, 1975. Many may not know or fully understand the history of the Mayaguez incident and why even 37 years later it still lingers within the thoughts…

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Thank you, Thunderbolts

Posted  May 24, 2012

Greetings Team Luke! Wow, what can I say, time flies when you’re having fun … this has been a superb ride. Unfortunately for me, I am at the end of a phenomenal tour having to leave a magnificent community. As we depart, I just want to say “thanks” to all for your acceptance, support, teamwork…

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Honoring a fallen Thunderbolt

Posted  May 24, 2012

Chief Master Sgt. Marvin Harden, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions flight chief, speaks during the memorial service of Senior Airman Kenneth Lee, Jr. at the base chapel May 18. Lee was a munitions system specialist assigned to the 56th EMS.

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Luke hosts POW symposium

Posted  May 24, 2012

Hundreds gathered at the base theater to hear the stories of seven prisoners of war May 18 at Luke Air Force Base. During the Vietnam War, these pilots spent anywhere from 55 to 2,734 days as a POW between September 1965 and March 1973. Air Force Col. Phillip Smith was held the longest. He flew…

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News Briefs May 24, 2012

Posted  May 24, 2012

Road Closure Advisory The Maricopa County Department of Transportation contractor will temporarily close Northern Avenue between Litchfield Road and Dysart Road beginning at 3 a.m Tuesday to accommodate new concrete box culvert installation. During this time, Litchfield Road and Dysart Road will remain open. Glendale Avenue or Olive Avenue may be used as an alternate…

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Thunderbolt of the Week May 24, 2012

Posted  May 24, 2012

Airman First Class Trevor Williams 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Individual Protective Equipment Apprentice Hometown: Virginia Beach, Va. Years in service: One Family: Mother and father Education: Enrolled at Tidewater Community College. Inspirations: My parents, because they both…

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Lessons on police duty

Posted  May 24, 2012

Officer Kelly Schemers, Phoenix Police Department, speaks with children during the stranger danger assembly at the child development center here May 14. Schemers taught the children how to react if a stranger tries to communicate with them.

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Justice Report May 24, 2012

Posted  May 24, 2012

The following is a list of Articles 15 and administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in April Courts-Martial A Senior Airman was found guilty of two specifications of Article 92, violation of General Regulation for use and possession of Spice. The member received a sentence of confinement for 60 days, reduction in grade…

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Lessons in leadership

Posted  May 24, 2012

As leaders we are often faced with the dilemma of how to get the most out of our folks. According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, there are a few basic human motivations that we all need satisfied. Among those are esteem and self-actualization. Since everyone is different, so is each of our triggers for motivation….

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MPAAT rolling out…

Posted  May 24, 2012

It’s really hard to believe my mobile public affairs team and I are at the end of our deployment here to Camp Leatherneck in Southern Afghanistan. It has been an exciting, fast paced and unique deployment for all of us. Now that it is almost over, it seems like just yesterday...

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